Todays Picture

Todays Picture
Squinty Bridge Glasgow

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Wallace Monument

I was at Stirling University at the weekend and saw this shot of the famous Wallace Monument through the trees.

It's a wee bit different to the usual property shots I'm asked to take.

I think it looks much better in black and white.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Unusual Sight.

It's not very often that you get to see this.

For as long as I can remember, there has always been a road cone on the head of the statue of Wellington.

It has become one of the iconic sights in Glasgow.

Not today.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Glad It's Not My Car!

I am always telling people that every living thing on the planet has as much right to be here as us humans.

I'm not so sure that I would be too pleased to own this vehicle though. Seagulls are beautiful looking birds but do they make a mess and a whole lot of noise?

I've never had the patience for wildlife photography but when an opportunity like this presents itself, what are you supposed to do?

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Q......Where Are We?

A......Right in the middle of Glasgow.

Glasgow Green to be precise.

It's amazing the sights to see on a warm sunny day in the city centre.

Tales Of The Riverbank.

I grew up in Clydebank.

I clearly remember the tram cars, cobbled streets, thick fog due to smoky chimneys but most vividly, skylines of swinging cranes loading and unloading goods on and off ships on the riverbanks and shipyards.

It was a great day on Sunday and I went for a cycle along what is now a great route alongside the river Clyde which passes right through the city centre. When I got to the site of the new futuristic transport museum, I spotted one on the last undeveloped stretches of the old quayside. You can still see the old rail lines that the gigantic cranes used to travel along. A pile of granite cobbles caught my eye and when I picked one up it was obvious why after all these years they were still as good as the day they were laid down.

These old B&W photos reminded me of when I was a wee boy and before you ask, no I didn't take them.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Flight Of Fancy.

I spotted the sea plane getting ready to take off from the river Clyde on Sunday at the Glasgow Science Centre.

In order to get airborne, it has to pass close by the paddle steamer Waverley. I was curious to know how long it would take her to get to Oban. A quick phone call and all was revealed, thirteen hours.

It takes the sea plane twenty minutes.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Shangri-La On The Bonnie Banks!

Having spent the last 35 years of my life working in media, I have seen many good and many bad things.

Today, I found a very good thing on my doorstep. I was invited to visit Ardoch House at Gartocharn overlooking the 'Bonnie Banks' of Loch Lomond and it is something else.

An old farmhouse has been cleverly spliced together using 21st century technology and modern building techniques and as you can see by the result, it is quite stunning.

It is a multi use building which can cater for under privileged youngsters one day and top end corporate conferences the next.
It's hard to believe that it is only half an hour from Glasgow.

But for all its sophistication, it can't beat the world famous view.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Social Media ?

More and more, I am finding that a lot of new business is being generated on social media sites. The likes of Facebook, Twitter,
Linkedin and Blogging are very effective when they are all joined together.

To find out more about this new effective method and how to improve my own profile I went along this morning to the Corinthian
to hear from the industry experts in this field where Julian Westaby of Dunning Design told a packed house a few tricks of the trade.

It was very informative and clearly has to be looked at seriously by everyone in today's marketplace.

An interesting fact that Julian made was that everyone in attendance had found out about the presentation online only.

I will certainly be at their next monthly meeting.